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year's eve with megyn kelly and me. i hope you find time to find a way to bring in the new year with us. tomorrow we will send out our text message ziller is a you can send out a greeting or salutation to anyone you want. -- will send out our text message alert. uma: i can think of warmer places to be. bill: see you later. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- jon: breaking developments in the failed christmas state terror attack aboard a u.s. jetliner as new details emerged about the suspect and his ties to al qaeda. the breakdown to airport security in new travel restrictions in place all over the world. i am jon scott with marianne silber. the suspect, umar farouk abdulmatallab, is now behind bars as he's being treated for burns suffered after the botched attempt to light some kind of device on that airplane.
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homeland security secretary, janet napolitano, admitting the system failed to stop a man on a terror watch list from boarding a u.s. jumbo jet with explosives. president obama is expected to make his first comment on the attempted terror attack today. we have everything will cover for you. team fox coverage with phil keating live in detroit outside the federal courthouse. we're live in amsterdam where the suspect breezed past airport security with his explosive device. catherine herridge is in washington with the latest on his links to al-qaeda. steve centanni is live with the president in honolulu. let's go to bill first to see what was supposed to happen at this hearing today. >> it was settled for 2:00 p.m. according to the ap, the hearing has been postponed until january 8. it had been previously scheduled for detention hearing in bonn would be said or deny that that hearing. umar farouk abdulmatallab was
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not expected at today's hearing. he is being housed about 50 miles west from here in u.s. marshal custody at a prison out of michigan. we were expecting to hear it judge being asked for permission to obtain dna samples from umar farouk abdulmatallab to help beef up their case against him. clearly, they have all kinds of witnesses on board that northwest flight 253 on christmas day that will pinpoint them directly as somebody who was setting some sort of fire inside his seat. the defense attorney assigned to him was expected to be looking at legal bases for denying that request. again, ap reporting the hearing has been delayed until january 8. jon: this thing that he led off that turned into fire was designed to be a bomb. how much damage could he have done with it? >> scientists said that the highly explosive powder, about 100 grams could completely
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obliterate a car. reportedly, he had about 80 grams of this smuggled inside his underpants. when he went into the bathroom, according to passengers, he spent about 20 minutes in there, returned to his seat, and apparently in an effort to ignite what he thought was a bomb, that is what he hid underneath this blanket. >> we could hear the pop. we heard it. we smelled the fumes from the fire. and then of course we saw the attendance -- the flight attendants come running back to the area fortifying -- for a fire extinguisher. we just saw the fear in their eyes. it was horrific. at that particular time, we recognize how serious the situation was. >> so now the fbi and the department of homeland security
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are trying to figure out how umar farouk abdulmatallab got a hold of this petn and from whom and from where and how he got on board this aircraft in amsterdam and why he was on the terrorist watch list but not on the no- fly list. that is being investigated today. nadya suleman security secretary now conceding that the security system did in fact fell. marianne: contingent turning to yemen. the terror suspects on the incident aboard the flight reportedly telling investigators said the attack was planned in the yemen. that claim has not been a verified. there is growing influence in the mideast nation. there is another twist. the suspects tied to human could affect what to do about the prisoners held in guantanamo. wendell goler has more from our d.c. bureau. what can you tell us about this? >> nearly half the 200
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detainees at gitmo come from yemen where poverty and civil war and a relatively weak government has made it an attractive place for al qaeda. the president just said half a dozen detainees back to yemen, but this will raise questions about that and about how quickly he will be able to close in gitmo. he is already behind it may not be able to close it in 2010. joe lieberman says that yemen could figure it to future u.s. military plans. >> i will leave you with this thought. somebody in our government said to me that iraq was yesterday's war, afghanistan is today's war. if we do not act preemptively, yemen will be tomorrow's war. that is the danger we face. >> lieberman says the u.s. already has a growing military presence in yemen, including special ops forces, green berets, and intelligence sources as well. marianne: doesn't osama bin laden have ties to yemen?
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isn't he originally from there? >> al qaeda started in and yemen. that is where the uss cole was bombed in 2000. al qaeda moved into afghanistan. but after it was pushed out, yemen is once again attractive for extremists. partly because its government is so weak. it is fighting shia rebels in the north and severed his as well in the south. there have been cross border incursions from shia rebels. and we know from nigeria that the oil fields are particularly vulnerable to terrorist attacks. marianne: all right, thank you for that report. jon: more arrests today on the streets of tehran after a very bloody weekend in the islamic republic. at least 15 people reportedly killed in a new round of violent protests. thousands of anti-government demonstrators defied warnings and go head-to-head with
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iranian police. reports from opposition web sites and witnesses on the ground as a police armed with guns and batons are firing tear gas into the ground. in june, mass protests. over the disputed election that put ahmadinejad back in power. amy kellogg, and as reported from tehran several times, is live now in our london bureau. any of your iranian contacts in viewing this latest round of the violence there? >> they are very emotional about it a very friend as to where it is all going to go. the protests yesterday were extremely violent. we had numerous people killed as the regime denies it and opened fire on anyone. but one doctor in a tehran hospital says the operated on 17 different people with gunshot wounds, and that is just one hospital. the earlier protests we saw in the summer were very peaceful. but in this one the protesters have been fighting back, even sending one of their centers on fire.
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wild this was very well attended yesterday and at times of very violent, there are all sorts of indications across iran that protests star in the air in summer quiet. one source told me that over the weekend a pro-regime clerk entered a mosque. and when he started to give prayer, the entire moscow in deed, and that was full of religious people, older men and women. so you're seeing the signs of protests very vividly in the street as well as very quietly. >> how long can this regime hold on if this seems to be at war with its own people? >> my sources are telling me they are framed because this could go any number of ways. one of my friends tell me that this is a fight to the end and that the regime has made mistakes by not giving any of these protesters, not giving in to any of their demands and alienating some of the softer line members of the iranian government. it is hard to predict what is
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going on. there's a lot of concern about the fact that mir hussein mousavi's nephew was killed and that could create a whole other wave of emotions. the whole issue of martyrdom this time of year with the shi'ite holy celebration of assure accretes even more emotion. this is being called a political assassination by many. jon: thank you. so should the u.s. of those iranian dissidents? tell us what you think on foxnews.com. go to our home page and click on the you decide lying underneath the panel this is chaos grips iran. it will take you to our survey regarding u.s. involvement in iran. marianne: while the government cracks down protests in the wrong, there is a new warning about islamic regime's nuclear ambitions. the israeli defense minister saying iran will have the technology to build a nuclear bomb early next year and it will be able to produce one by 2011. the statement made before the
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israeli defense and foreign affairs committee. israel says is strongly believes iran is using its nuclear program to build weapons, a claim tehran denies. jon: a deadly terror attacks in pakistan where homicide bomber targeted a shiite muslim procession on a key holy day. at least 25 people killed in the attack. dozens more wounded. violence breaking out right after the blast as shots rang through the air and outraged shiites hurled stones and security forces who failed to stop the deck of the bombing is the latest in a wave of violence since pakistan army launched an offensive on that the taliban and al qaeda militants there. marianne: wall street is back in action, returning from christmas break. the market taking off the last week of trading for the year. are we seeing a so-called santa claus rally? jenna lee reporting on the fox business network. we are seeing sales of this year? >> yes, it is the first time that retail sales are showing positive numbers.
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but santa claus rally is light. the santa claus rally really happens on wall street between christmas day and new year's day. what this is is generally positive feeling on wall street, a light trading, some people putting their bonus money to work. you have a lot of people on vacation. generally it is a positive way. that is what we call it is santa claus rally. it is about 16 points right now for the dow jones industrials. we have rallied about 4,000 points since our march lows. the question for new year's will become a will it continue? january is usually a positive mott. you see buying at the end of december to get it in before everyone comes back from vacation. this and claus rally is in effect. it is like. we should not on what. we do not want anything to go wrong for the final trading week of the year. but right now we are in positive territory. uma: led south -- marianne: let soak the rally continues.
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jon: the suspect in the botched terror attack reportedly told investigators there are more would-be bombers like him out there and more attacks on the way. can security stop them? what needs to be done to keep you safe in these guys? that is next. show and tell... with all the pet hair in the air my eyes would really itch. but now i have new zyrtec® itchy eye drops. no other allergy itchy eye drop works faster or longer.
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marianne: soldiers patrolling the danger zone near the volcano and the philippines. they say it is ready to blow and that magna will soon replace the following labella. the alert level remaining a four even though a massive eruption is expected. this picture from december 18 shows with the volcano looks like from space. it is pretty amazing. it looks large. jon: the botched christmas day terror attack on board that airplane is giving way to new fears after the suspect reportedly told fbi investigators out there that
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there are other bombers just like him. more attacks on the way. this is especially troubling. the nigerian man was able to breeze past airport security, though he was on a federal terror watch list. the homeland security secretary commenting on the bridge this morning on " the fox and friends." >> no secretary of homeland security would sit here and say that a system worked prior to this incident which allowed this individual to get on this airplane. jon: joining us now is the heritage foundation's common security and counterterrorism expert. how did this man did on the airplane? he was on a watch list, right? >> well, yeah, but he was not on a no-flight list, which is different. he was not even on a list which required secondary screening. if he had gone through secondary screening, you -- they would have found this bomb. when you have a ball on your person strapped to your leg, it
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is probably not very obvious. it will not get caught in initial screening. jon: we're sending grandmother's through security screening. we're getting them out of their wheelchairs' or whatever so we can be fair to everybody. yet we're letting a man with a long been on board an airplane. >> the right answer is we have done a lot in aviation security. they will find a different -- a bomb on their plan. the right answer is to get as far to the left of the buying is a can. this is not a lone wolf. we know there was a bomb maker. there was a recruiter. there was a logistics team. there was security. you have to go after these networks and take them down. the second thing is you have to use the intelligence. there was enough to do a range of things. they could have revoked his visa or print them on a no-fly list. he could of been required for secondary screening. the intel fell. i was glad to hear the secretary
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of homeland security saying the system did not work because yesterday she said a word, and it did not. we should have stopped this man long before he got anywhere near an airplane. jon: even though the plot had clumsy aspects, this was a fairly sophisticated device but for a double sparks or whatever, this could have really blown up and perhaps a bit down that jet. >> yak, and that is the key point. we got very lucky here. this was a clumsy plot. the bomb did not work very well. of course the passengers took the man down. we've ported 28 terrorist attacks since 9/11. only two have been a ford to buy people responding at the scene. the other one was richard reid. all the others were stopped by law enforcement. these two attacks, these are real problems. aviation security will never have a universal answer for this. the technology is very expensive. it is like looking for a needle in a haystack. the key is to keep the terrorists off the airplane.
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that means you have to go after them. we just did not do that here. there were red flags and warnings. we had plenty of information, but we dropped the ball. jon: and supposedly this suspect told fbi investigators said there 25 others like him who trained with them who are out to try to pull off this same kind of thing. should we believe that? should we doubt his credibility for any reason? >> no, it may or may not be true. right now we have full body scanners. we do not have them at all the airports and deny use them all the time. they will identify the bombs. and if they go through any kind of secondary screening, we're going to find it. the best way to do this is to have good intelligence and good people to do secondary screening that are suspicious. even more importantly, find these guys and take down the networks. there are 20,000 + guys that went to the training camps in
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afghanistan before we took down the taliban. not all of them became terrorists. a lot of them just went away because the networks the support of them disappeared. if you dig down the network, these things are less likely to happen. jon: thank you. marianne: it is house vs senate in the next debate over health care reform. will the house a rubber stamp the senate version as congress moves ahead for file legislation. could there be a chance that it will be a second chance for the so-called public option?
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marianne: a terrible fire to tell you about right now. harris' former mayor has the details. >> in stardom, mississippi, a family gathered a predawn fire this morning. they had everybody in the house. nine people. nine people perished including six little children in
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starkville, mississippi. no word on what caused this fire, but the coroner is confirming the deaths. the fire was reported about 4:00 a.m. eastern time. the fire marshal says this happened at an apartment complex on mississippi highway 25, south of the town. to put this into perspective, it is just outside of the memphis. is this in the middle of memphis, a birmingham, and jackson. a very sad situation going on this morning in mississippi. the loss of six children among nine killed in an apartment fire. jon: torrential rain causes massive floods in australia. here is what it looks like in new south wales in the southeastern part of the country. forecasters said the downpour could last for days. cars struggling to get by, as you can see, on the roads. they look more like boats. farms and rural villages are the hardest-hit areas. but the news for people living
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there is not all bad. the ground is absorbing much of the water because the region has been in a drought until now. emergency officials the most farmers were well-prepared for the flood, having stocked up in advance on food supplies. marianne: the road to health care reform is far from clear. when congress is back from the holiday break, the house and senate bills must be merged into a final piece of legislation and voted on again before president obama signed into law. a battle is shaping up over both versions. many house members are unhappy with the senate health care bill. how will this play into the debate. we of a member of the democratic national committee and former vice president of vice president of gore's campaign. we have a former a brother to the mccain campaign and the bush-cheney campaign. welcome to both of you. thank you for joining us. i want to start with you, debbie. do you think this is going to be drawn out will democrats go ahead and agree on the senate
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bill as is without including anything on a public option? >> no, i do not think the house will just take the senate bill. but i did not think it will be as dramatic as republicans are already starting the rhetoric on what it will be. the framework of both bills are very similar. and the values they share our much the same. everything from ensuring that no one is denied health insurance because of pre-existing conditions, encouraging wellness programs. within six months, both bills would ensure that there are no longer copays for physicals and immunizations and mammograms. no one would be denied insurance and have it cut off of their going into an operating room. there are differences in how the bill is going to be paid for. but the fact is, with the public option or not, both bills were include summer between 31 million to 38 million people can now do not have access to health insurance. they both said the exchanges, and i think in the next months
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people need to understand what the exchanges are and how the will of the american people. marianne: do you think there'll be some bipartisanship here? senators like arlen specter of come forward and said that republicans would go to the floor with suggestions, it might make the process easier and there might be bipartisanship. >> well, the republicans have tried to be bipartisan from day one. but there is no tort reform in this bill. there is $500 billion in new tax increases that fall primarily on small business. most of the republican ideas have been scuttled, pushed aside. they made a major effort to try to get olympia snowe -- even heard trigger mechanism for the public option was denied. i do not see much chance at this late stage in the process of bipartisanship, but the issue now is more institutional than partisan. there is no one that aids the senate rules more than the house
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of representatives. -- there's no one that hates the senate release more than the house. the minority does get a voice. there is no wiggle room for harry reid in the senate democrats. they cannot lose one vote in the democratic caucus, which makes it very hard to negotiate. marianne: what the you see is the biggest hurdle as far as the house democrats agreeing on this final version of the bill? >> well, i think you'll see significant discussion of the public option. i think the reality is that it will move closer to the senate on that. the fact of the matter is that the congressional budget office talked about how this will reduce the budget deficit by 132 bill in the first decade and $1.30 trillion in the next decade. there's a lot of rhetoric of the that we need to take out of the process. i wish republicans who have been very focused -- this has been far too partisan. when you have a senator prang of
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other senators cannot get to the floor for a vote, something is wrong. i think they like to work with republicans and find common ground because we do have a problem in this country when americans do not have a quality health care. marianne: she said it will reduce the deficit. republicans have said it will not. what do you see as the next up for republicans? >> well, republicans obviously want to do what the democratic chairwoman of the house rules committee wants to do, and that is -- these bills and start over again. we can come up with fundamental health care reform for this country and make it work for small businesses, for insurance, for america in general. but these bills are going to set us back words. it is a fundamental change on the way health care delivery is made in this country. anybody that believes this or reduce the deficit in the congress will cut four hundred billion dollars from medicare really is in a dream world. congress never cut medicare.
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they are not going to do it this time. and we will have a budget deficit that will go way into the future. marianne: thank you both for joining us this morning. jon: one day after protesters were killed in iraq, theirs were the government there has unleashed a new crackdown on activists. what this means for the future of the country and for the pro- reform movement there. also the implications for the united states. we will get into all of it next.
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marianne: we are expecting president obama to speak out today on the foil terror attack on flight 253 as the white house review security measures in air travel. it has been a working vacation for the president knew was spending the holiday with his family in hawaii. steve centanni is live in hall in new -- in honolulu. what is the president and officials saying this morning? >> the president will make his first public statement this morning from a marine base near the rented beachfront home areas been spending his vacation year for the past several days. the probably talked about the measures he has put into place and reviews he is asked for us to airline security and how this could have happened and how to prevent it from happening in the first place. last night he went out with friends and family to a restaurant here in honolulu on the other side of the island from where his house is. this is the first glance we got of them up for several days. he has been trying to enjoy his
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vacation, which is somewhat overshadowed by all of this. the homeland security secretary spent the day today backtracking on what she said yesterday when she seemed to say yesterday the airline security system had worked. today she says it really did not. she told fox news this morning what she meant when she said it was working. >> once this incident occurred, we were able immediately to notify the 128 flights already in the air from europe. we were able to immediately institute new security precautions at domestic airports internationally working with air carriers and the like. we were immediately able to provide additional security for the traveling public. now we go backwards. >> but of course, she says the system clearly did not work in that it allow this man to get on an airplane in the first place. and they're going to launch two different reviews to find out how that could have happened. marianne: what about those
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critics who say the obama administration has been slow to react to this? >> well, the critics are not only pointing out the janet napolitano's apparent flip-flop, although she says she is taken out of context and it was not contradictory, and they're saying it is hard to get any information out of the white house at all. one congressman, the ranking member on the house, and security committee, says an iron curtain has come down in terms of information from this white house. here's a little bit of peter king. >> we are now 72 hours into this and the president has not spoken. the vice president has not spoken. the attorney general has not spoken. and janet napolitano has told the the difference stories in two days. she said everything worked at first. now she's as it did not work. >> and of course, the president will speak about this later on today from the marine base here on oahu. marianne: thank you. we will bring you coverage of
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president obama's remarks and comments on tape. we will play out as soon as we get it. jon: protests turned deadly in iran. thousands of pro-reform demonstrators in the streets of tehran defying iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad and warning of the crackdown. the violence erupting again in the wake of disputed presidential elections last june. does this new wave of protests mean revolution might be coming? jim walsh is an international security and iran expert, also a research expert with the mit security studies program. you have suggested that there are echoes of the revolution that tossed out the shah in iran here. >> i think every iran watchers think what has happened in the last several months is the most significant events in iran since the 1939 revolution. it is very hard to predict going forward. political science as been good at explaining what has happened
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in the past when it comes to changes in government but not good at calling the future. what you can see right now is that escalation is happening on all sides. the government is escalating. the protesters are escalating. unfortunately there is even more room for escalation on both sides. at the end of the day, the government has the guns. that may be enough for them to stay in power. but i think all options and all possibilities are on the table. jon: when they are firing into the crowd, that is a pretty extreme use of their force. >> that is right. this is the first time you have really seen shots fired into the beginning of a protest. that is how the nephew of the presidential candidate -- his nephew was killed yesterday, a prominent leader of the opposition killed. we have at least reports of martial law in several cities of sidon to iran. geode rapidly things seem to be happening outside the city center.
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the government, if you look in the history of iran, the government has a lot of room for further escalation. during the iran-iraq war, there were hundreds if not thousands of people executed by the government, including political prisoners. there have been calls by some government officials to arrest the former presidential candidate who is now head of the on position. and for their part, the opposition protests are not dying. they're continuing to happen and happening in more places. it is hard to predict where this goes, but both sides seem committed to going forward. jon: every time we see ahmadinejad, he seems relaxed and is seen a smiling in his sword a leisure suit that he always wears. but he has tremendous problems, not only outside with the international pressure on the country's nuclear program but also, obviously, from within. >> you are right. that is sort of the key with respect to the nuclear negotiations. if iran is having all these
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problems internally, that may create an incentive for the government to say let's settle of this nuclear stuff and get this monkey off our back, the international community, so we can focus internally on our internal problem. but it could give them an incentive as that leadership base shrinks to want to pursue the nuclear program more aggressively. it is very hard to predict. ahmadinejad not only has reformist critics, approach as critics, but within the conservative camp, there are hard-liners in a criticized him. he was in favor of the tehran research reactor nuclear deal, and when he brought it home to iran, he was attacked by people in his own party for having "soledad" iran. he has critics on every side of the electoral divide. >> if you are advising president obama on what to say what to do in reaction to these murders in the street, what would you tell them? >> i think they have done a pretty good job so far.
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they put out the message that any decent thinking person rejects the use of violence against men and women and children who are stressing their political views. but he is not crossed the line. if obama says i am going to allow the protesters, that will help the government because the government line on this is that there's not know -- not a problem here, but it is all because a foreign plot, british and americans, and plotters and cia agents trying to overthrow us. the one to keep distance even as they establish that this is unacceptable behavior. jon: thank you. marianne: american shoppers to the malls this holiday season. the economic recovery finally hitting retailers as people showed up ready to shop. retail sales jumped. what were people buying? jenna lee breaks down the numbers for us on the fox business network. we see that sales are up this year. is that a positive sign that
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consumer confidence might be back? >> it could be. let's talk shopping. we are seeing some gains in the retail sector according to the very first survey that we receive just this morning from mastercard spending polls. it showed that retail sales are up about 3.6%, which is positive. that means that we did it the mark, but there's two reasons for that. one is procrastinators. and you know you are out there. also, we had an extra day between thanksgiving and christmas day. the extra 24 hours makes a big difference. the stock a little bit about what we actually went out and spend our money on. with a couple key items. some of the obvious like electronics and on-line sales. those were some of the biggest and brightest spots. shoes is an obvious one as well. luxury goods and jewelry. we saw a decline in jewelry last year up to 30% at places. it was up a little bit this past season.
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what is important to note is the big items like a big diamond jewelry items that some of us might think of, but it was the lower-priced items that were big sellers this year. as far as the holidays of the did not do quite as well, there's some significance in this. apparel was one of this bigger items. the permits boards and not fare as well. about women's clothing, women tend to have the best called on the household budget and the household account. when analysts see the women are not spending quite as much or women related items are not doing as well, but could be a sign that maybe women are holding back spending some and making sure that everyone else is taking care of because they have a sense about exactly where the household is. that could be a little bit of caution aside for the new year. another thing is that these are just the first sales figure. we will really find out what retailers sold and how they did exactly and whether they adjusted inventories are had to knock down discounts.
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we're really not going to know that until mid-january when we actually get some of the retail figures. the initial reports are positive, but we should wait a little while before we say we have a full retail recovery. >> thank you. jon: it sounds like the women wear the financial and in the family. why am i not surprised? marianne: a car the kids you coverage of on buses, trains, and ferries but also lets your boss track your every movement. what employers are doing with this information and why it could land you in trouble, next.
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marianne: officials said there may be a human connection to the fell terror attack. did the suspects contact al qaeda there and what did the u.s. do about it? we will talk to a former ambassador about the new friend on the war on terror as congress works in the future of health care. we will look to the next decade in medicine. what is new in medicine, treatment, diagnoses, and surgery? the amazing characters coming to a doctor's office near you. and an 80-year-old bridge connecting new york state in vermont going down in an incredible explosion. that is in the next hour. jon: is a popular card. people who buy it at work and get the discounts on city buses, ferries, and light rail service in the seattle area. but their bosses get a little something as well, so what kind
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of information are we talking about here? >> a glimpse into exactly what the employees are doing. this card looks like a credit card. it is getting more parlor as more and more employers are offering id as a part to employees. some of the biggest companies in the puget sound, mark is often boeing, and the city of seattle are offering this is a perk to their employees, to help them to phrase some of the cost of their transportation on light well, buses, and even ferries. increasingly these employees are finding there's no such thing as a free ride. every single time you zweig this card, the day, time, and location -- every time you swipe this car, the day, time, and location is accessible to your employer. the majority of the trouble is done outside their workday, and they see this is a big brother invasion of their privacy. >> things we do on our own time
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when we're not getting paid are really our business, not our employer's business. to me that is a very private information. >> it is interesting. the university in washington faculty protest the use of this information against employees. they asked the university to stop accessing the information, and the university said ok. the city of seattle has not done that. they put on their website that the information can be used at their discipline. jon: so the information is available? people have access to it? >> it is in the database, and the employers can look at it. they say it is like giving an employee and laptop computer, something we give to you as a perk that is done for work purposes, so we can look at how the laptop is being used. the people say by saying that information, it allows them to
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provide their services than they can add it trades at a high peak times and what have you. but the employer is saying this is not like a laptop because i am not using this for my work. i am using it outside of work. it is more like a health care benefit. we know that health care benefits and how we use our health care benefits are not all of accessible by employers. jon: big brother. thank you. marianne: after days of misery, people in iowa are finally getting relief. the power is back on in the western part of the state. people were in the dark since christmas there. they had to share generators' just to stay warm. the snow, rain, and eyes knocking out power lines. is the worst over? janice dean has more. >> yes, the worst is over for iowa. you can see this system pushing across the great lakes. the secondary loan moving offshore in bringing some snow
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to parts of new england. you can really see that swirled moving across the great lakes in a counterclockwise activity. you can definitely see some snow for the great lakes over the next 24 hours. there is the heavier snow over upstate new york, moving into new england. we have it went remix across massachusetts and connecticut. cold air moving in towards the northeast. tonight will feel very bitter cold. there are snow accumulations across upstate new york. six to 12 inches easily. we could see heavier amounts. there is the next system moving to the southwest. it could give us a very messy new year's eve. stay tuned. we will have the latest from the weather center. marianne: thank you. jon: it could put some snow on the rockies. a giant cloud of floating stuff in outer space. why is the milky way so melky?
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jon: and manhunt under way right now for a prison guard accused of killing his wife. police >> in rosenberg, texas -- a suburb of houston -- say that the person they are looking for -- let's pop his picture on the screen -- there is a manhunt for him all over the state of texas, and they think he may be headed for florida because he has family there. he is accused of killing his wife and also of stabbing his mother-in-law and having the
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inset watched by two small children in the house. we are just learning that one of those children called 911, and you could hear screaming going on in the background. a manhunt in the state of texas as they say he may be headed for florida. there is his description of there. call 9118 you see this man. i will work on a tip line, and i can get that, i will put it up on the blog. jane: the voyager satellite launched in 1977 to explore the outer reaches of the universe is now reaching interstellar space for the first time, and it is providing some amazing new discoveries, including the nature of the milk in the milky way. a professor of theoretical physics at the university of new
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york joins me now. the first question i had about this -- this is an invisible force field. how important of a find is this? >> this is very important. we live inside two bobbles. the first is as our atmosphere protects against yours, but the sun creates its own bubble that protect us vs. the galactic radiation. and for -- has left the space systems and is now penetrating this bubble. >> we are also hearing from some astronomers that they think this might be some sort of an intergalactic plot to keep us from seeing what is out there. >> there is all these conspiracies out there, but let me say first of all, the voyager
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spacecraft just keeps on going. it was by jupiter, that saturn, and now, shooting past this bubble that protects the solar system into deep space, and deep space, we now know, has a magnetic field larger than what we thought. that is what is holding this yellow radiation intact. the spacecraft is going to be very useful one day when we go to the stars, and it is very useful because maybe one day, that bubble will be ruptured or have a hole in it, and that will be very dangerous to the planet earth. marianne: what is protecting it? >> we do not know where it comes from, but there are dead stars, and the radiation from these dead stars is actually floating impacting on this bubble. once again, this bubble created by the sun's own solar wind is
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created -- protecting the solar system against deadly galactic radiation, and that is why it is important. it begins to tell us why the earth has been shielded from this radiation. marianne: very interesting discovery. thank you for joining us. jon: brand new developments in that botched christmas day terror attack on board that northwest airlines jet landing in detroit. what we know about the suspect, is reported ties to al qaeda, plus we are just minutes away now from hearing from the president. with the commander-in-chief will have to say.
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jon: and fox news alert for you. new details emerging about the attended terror attack on a northwest flight christmas day -- attempted terrorist attack on a northwest flight christmas day. welcome to a brand new hour of "happening now."
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[captioning made possible by fox news channel] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- the investigation marianne: stretching across the globe, -- marianne: the investigation stretching across the globe. jon: we are also expecting to hear from president obama for the first time today about that attended terror attack -- attempted terror attack. catherine herridge was no information about the suspect, and greg burke with the latest information and to correct -- airport security. we begin with our national security correspondent. i hear you have new information. >> sources confirmed that the searches continue at apartments of interest that are connected to the suspect, who is also confronted fox the sources also confirmed the talks that cell phone material was found -- sources also confirmed to fox the cell phone material was found, specifically sim cards,
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so you can find out who was talking to in the days leading up to the attack. jon: the suspect has traveled to yemen, right? am i that is correct. sources confirm that he has traveled to yemen. he was there for several weeks if not several months, but it would not be more specific. typically, sources tell that the 23-year-old nigerian was radicalized before he went to yemen. one is where they believe he may have been radicalized, and more specifically, that it was in yemen that the nigerian was vetted for this mission. it is not clear by whom and whether he also received training and was given the bomb material as well. jon: the radical cleric in yemen -- what do we know about him? >> this is one of the most important elements.
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we have confirmation that the nigerian suspect was a big fan anwar alaki. he is an american citizen, and he fled to yemen after 9/11. many of us first learned of him and his significance in the fort hood attacked in november. recall that it was nadal hasan passat spiritual guidance from him. we know based on our reporting that once again, there's a connection to him. in this case, the 23-year-old nigerian was a big follower of his website and his blog. we're told that i have not had specific evidence that there was direct contact between the two, but the evidence is still being gathered and assessed. jon: catherine herridge, reporting live from washington. thanks. marianne: the failed terror attack also focusing attention
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on the amsterdam aircraft. how did a nigerian national get through security without a hitch at an airport that has some of the best high-tech security and sensors in the world? what can you tell us about the security there? >> this is a huge european hub. basically, they have more than 1000 flights a day, 130,000 people coming through. they do have high-tech security. no excuse, of course, for letting a man like this get through, but it is clear they are going to have to change. they are going to have to do more than they have been doing up until now. they have some of the machinery, which they have not been allowed to use. body scanner kind of materials, which bring in issues of privacy. they are talking about trying to get the european union to ease up on some regulations, and there may be sort of a middle way, too. not a full body scan, which
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basically undresses someone in front of the screen, but microwave technology, which could have caught the kind of explosives the suspect was carrying. this is going to play out in the next few weeks, not only here in the netherlands, but across europe. finally, what they are doing in the meantime, 25 flights a day coming out of this airport to the united states -- they have really beefed things up. they have stressed all the passengers and checking my hand all of the carry-on luggage. fact that is the kind of thing most people in europe are not used to, but perhaps there will have to start getting used to it. marianne: thank you for that report. jon: in pakistan's largest city, a suicide bombing targets and religious march. security had been tightened across pakistan for the holidays. it marks the 10th day of the holy month, an amount that is usually marked by violence between sunnis and shia.
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marianne: an american missionary being detained. he was apparently carrying letters calling on the north korean leader to shut down the country's political prison camps and step down from power. >> personally, some of the refugees from north korea, and hearing first hand from the atrocities that they endured and their family members endorsed, it was a fire that basically could not be put out. marianne: the u.s. state department and u.s. embassy said they are aware of the incident but offer no further details. jon: who is running the u.s. financial system? since late 2008, the federal reserve, the obama administration, and congress have taken major steps shifting
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the balance of power from wall street to washington to prevent a major economic meltdown, but will the increased regulation help or hurt investors? fox business network's peter barnes is live in d.c. with more. what kind of change is washington looking at to make sure we do not go through this again? >> when you pony up trillions of dollars to save the financial system, there is a catch. not only is washington involved in compensation practices and management decisions at some of these bailed out firms -- there is more regulation and oversight coming in general. the administration and congress are working on creating a new consumer financial protection agency. they are trying to set up a council of regulator to monitor emerging risks. they want the power called resolution of authority to shut down failing firms before they can damage the financial system, and they are stepping up oversight in other areas, such as requiring more transparency and disclosure in corporate
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finance. most analysts expect congress to approve at least some variations of these ideas early next year. [captioning made possible by fox news channel] jon: but will these changes were? that is the million-dollar question. >> one economist says all of this government intervention in the economy may have been necessary -- >> but the equally fundamental point, what has been lost in the past year is that while markets they'll, and they do, governments fail, and it reflects a -- while markets fail, the governments fail, and they do not think of the possibility that governments bail and fail even worse. >> wall street has pushed back hard and lobbied successfully in some areas.
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and >> i want to bring you that tip line information where you can call it you see the man that they are looking for in the houston area, possibly headed for florida after his wife and mother-in-law were stabbed to death late yesterday. this is the man, albert james turner, 44 years old. this is for the city of rosenberg, texas police department. 832-595-3700. or in that area, the crime stoppers -281-342-tips. as always, you can call 911. this man is considered dangerous. police believe he is on, and he may have either on his present may be wearing it, or have with him a texas department of
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correction officer's uniform because the man is a prison guard. he may have even the the he may be wearing that or have it with him -- he may be wearing that or have it with him. you can see his license plate on your screen. again, possibly wearing that great texas department of correction detention officer uniforms or at least have it on his person. there were two children at least in the home who possibly witnessed this. one of the children, the 12 year-old, called 911. the "houston chronicle" reporting that phone call to be very jarring. albert james turner will be wanted for murder. according to the police officer i just got off the phone with, for charges of murder. when they pick him up for the stabbing deaths of his wife and mother-in-law, this is a suburb of houston. he has family, known to be in florida. they suspect he may travel i-10
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to get there, so often there will be setting up checkpoints along this highway. jon: thank you. well, the economy is starting to show signs of life. home sales are up to their highest levels in nearly three years. the unemployment rate is starting to fall a bit, and stocks are up 66% since march. can the dow keep rising? some analysts say no way, there is a correction ahead. joining us now, the author of this book, charles payne. what do you think? are we in for a correction? >> obviously, the markets have made a big move in a very short time, the people betting on this prematurely are making a big mistake. not that we do not have some serious head winds down the road. i think the second half of the year is when we will probably see these things we're deathly afraid of like inflation or what happens when you take away the punch bowl.
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ultimately, the government is going to have to do all of these things, but right now, the trend happens to be our friend. all of the economic data that you talked about at the top is going to be jagged. we had gdp for instance for the third quarter, initially to be 0.5%. in the final tally came in, 2.2%. it is not going to be a smooth transition, no matter what. jon: a lot of people say the economy is on the equivalent of a sugar high, or at least the stock market is. it has come up so far so fast that it is all cotton candy. >> it is hard to argue with that. the only thing i will say is that the market can be irrational for a very long time, and what is hurting me a lot this year is that i saw so many people miss this rally. american investors sold $50 billion worth of stock funds in february and march at the lows.
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they have not taken advantage of this. i do not know when it is going to stop. no one really does. jon: so if some of those people stop buying bonds and start buying stocks again, that is going to drive stocks up again, right? >> absolutely, and there's a lot of money on the sidelines to come to the market. jon: but there are those who suggest that u.s. treasuries are the safe place to be right now because again, they think that 10% correction is coming. jo >> i have to tell you something, the average person out there who tries to play like the big boys, unless you are talking about millions of dollars you are trying to protect, you are going to have to take some sort of correction. jon: as long as we have got unemployment where it is, if people are not working, they are
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not going to be doing a whole lot of investing, right? they are scraping by trying to put food on the table. >> there is no doubt about that. there's a segment of the population where you keep talking about the new normal, and their goal is to just live day to day. but there are a lot of people whose homes have lost some value but not all their value, and that might be the difference. that might be the wild card. do people feel confident enough to go out and spend? i am a little bit alarmed that people have sold some mutual funds and some of their savings to do things like go christmas shopping. the talking about a jobless recovery sounds oxymoron, but we might be in that for next year. marianne: a new design for the new decade. when it comes to the ball said to be dropped on new year's eve at times square, it will have nearly 300 crystal triangles on it, and will feature an interlocking ribbon pattern
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will then enter like celtic not, meant to illustrate the theme for 2010, which is open " let there be courage." jon: blown to bits in a matter of seconds. it took 800 pounds of dynamite to bring down a broken bridge, but will also break the local economy? we will take you there live and explain what this is all about.
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u.s. terror watchlist was allowed to board an american jumbo jet carrying powerful explosives. joining us is the advisor to the anti-terror caucus at the u.s. house of representatives. thank you for joining us. first question -- what about just making those airport x-ray security screens mandatory for everybody? our luggage goes through that. why not make everybody go through that? right now, it is kind of random. >> i think the administration is going to review the strategy of making sure no material at all will cross our security system, but keep in mind that al qaeda and other jihadists know we are doing it because we are declaring and debating and also because they have most likely penetrated our system. this will give them as much tied -- time as needed to try to find another way. marianne: i want to talk about this tara watch list. what specific improvements can be made in order to make sure that next time, someone who has
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been reported, is on that list, and there is some attention on him so that he cannot pull something like this. >> what is missing is the following -- you have long list, this 5000 individuals are so on a no-fly list. then, you have this series of huge list of people as names have appeared somewhere on some network. what is missing is who among those people are not on a bad list, that of course al qaeda or others would use, have been radicalized? admitting basically the ideological component. the administration so far has not accepted the idea, and i think that would have to be revised. marianne: a ranking member of the house homeland security committee has said that so far the white house has not been very forthcoming regarding information about this terrorist attack and what their
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investigation is revealing so far. why would they be holding onto some of that information? >> there are multiple theories. the most legitimate one is that they are investigating agencies. they may be doing arrests. they may be in coordination with other governments to get the information. another theory is that the government is now looking at the possibility that we have been penetrated. that it is not an individual but maybe a group of people trying to hit us. for those reasons, probably the administration may not feel very comfortable in giving to us a lot of information at this point in time. marianne: you had mentioned that anyone bent on terrorism is going to study our system, they are going to know how to circumvent it. how much information do you think these terrorists have as far as trying to circumvent our security in our airports? >> that is really the most important issue. al qaeda has demonstrated as
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well as its allies, but also other terrorist organizations such as hezbollah and their allies, but not only do they monitor and analyze, people who have the same degree and technology as people in our agencies, so that is pretty savvy, but also, we have had cases of individuals with security clearance in our own systems have been working with or sympathetic to these movements, so now, really, the administration must be very keen as to who should know the basic information about how we fight the terrorists with our technology. marianne: if you could sum it up, the one thing we definitely need to do moving forward to make sure this definitely does not happen again, what would that be? >> it is going to be basically retraining or informing our entire law enforcement -- reforming our entire law- enforcement approach. how to find the terrorists may be easier, but how to detect radicals is going to be a big task. marianne: thank you for being
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with us today. jon: what goes up must eventually come down. a vital link between upstate new york and vermont is gone now. the lake champlain bridge brought down in a controlled explosion this morning after serving folks in that area for some 80 years. engineers found the bridge unsafe back in october. the loss is a huge blow to a lot of motorists who depend on that bridge every day. its replacement is not expected to be ready until sometime in 2011. david lee miller spoke to folks who now have a 100-mile detour or have to take crowded ferry to get to work in that part of the country. he joins us now from our newsroom. it sounds like this bridge was pretty close to folks who live nearby. >> you are right. you could make the argument that they did not just blow up this bridge a few hours ago. what really happened is that they blew up the immediate local
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economy. people on both sides of this bridge are going to suffer appeared to put this in context, this bridge went up in 1929 and average since it went up, the two communities on each side of the bridge have been dependent on one another. businesses are going to suffer, as you mentioned. commutes are going to take much longer. more than just being an economic lifeline, at least in a couple of cases, it is really a matter of life and death. a lot of the medical facilities are in vermont. one woman told me her husband had a heart attack, and what should have been an ambulance trip of a few minutes became a few hours, and he almost died. jon: this bridge was in bad shape. was a poor maintenance? was it preventable? >> depends on who you ask. the organization that had the responsibility to maintain this bridge, they say it did undergo regular inspections. in fact, every five years, the
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piers were examined, and they say the problem with the bridge is because of decay in appears. a say in the last of your years, there was a very rapid deterioration. they say that nothing could have been done to prevent the destruction. >> i don't think you could really say it was negligence. i think that the fact that the inspections were being done and the deterioration seemed to be a lot faster in the last four years than it had been in the previous five years -- we all knew it was an >> old bridge greater than a band-aid solution was a temporary barrier that will be closer to the bridge, but residents say that is simply not enough. jon: what else are those residents say? i'm sure they are simply not happy right now. >> the one word we heard over and over was the word "negligence." everyone seemed to feel that this could have been prevented. one owner of a grocery store we talked to on the new york side
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said business is down 40%, and in her view, she says the entire fiasco could have been avoided. >> i think a lot of people felt like it was ignored for too long, could have been dealt with a little sooner, and we would not have had this catastrophe happening. >> both new york and vermont are now in the process of trying to send state aid to those businesses, but residents say it is simply not going to be enough, and it is going to be difficult to survive until 2011 when they say this new bridge is going to be completed in the summer, and many are doubtful that that date is going to be met. jon: and the economy already hurting all by itself. thank you. marianne: the detroit terror plot changing the face of air travel across the country. the impact on one of america's busiest travel hubs next. plus, what your doctor is
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jon: a fox news alert and video just on into the fox news room of a terror attack as it happened in pakistan. you see that bomb going off.
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people are marching in a parade when they are hit. no claim of responsibility yet. this is in the largest city there in pakistan. 25 people killed. dozens of others wounded as shiites across the country were marking one of their key holidays. marianne: the failed terror attack on a northwest airlines passenger jet now affecting security at u.s. airports from coast to coast as investigators tried to piece together a nigerian national's brazen attempt to bring down the plane. let's go to and i x, one of the busiest airports in the country, for more. what can you tell us about what is happening there? >> the security significantly increased since friday. we are at the upper level departure area. you can see the traffic of
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people arriving for their flights behind me, and inside, what we are seeing is increased use of pass bounced. the can luggage is being more scrutinized. they have both the full body scanner, which shows image underneath clothing -- controversial in the past -- and i also have an explosive detector, a machine that blows puffs of air at you. they share no major problem, just delays as passenger have come to accept that this is a part of like when you go to airports in and around the united states, in particular since friday -- that this is just part of life when you good airports. marianne: so far, to passengers seem to have any problem with some of these extra procedures that have been put in place? >> you talk with the passengers, and they are just resigned to it. they normally get to the airport 90 minutes ahead of their flight, then today, they might
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get their two hours before or to a half hours before, but nine out of 10 people said that it makes them more secure, they are happy to do it. the only ones objecting say that it does not really do anything, that it is more for show. jon: a new story sure to stoke the fires of outrage over executive paychecks. the finding is the more money ceo makes relative to other top executives, the lower the company's future profitability and market valuation. does that make sense? fox business network? jenna lee -- fox business network's jenna lee joins us now. >> it has been an amazing year because executive compensation really has been something we have talked a lot about. are you getting more for a money when you have a higher paid executive, or are you seeing that these executives are
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getting the companies into more trouble because they are taking on greater risks because they make more money when they take on some of that greater risk? that is one of the teams this year. remember, a lot of our taxpayer dollars are at work, so some of these bail out companies -- a lot of these executives are still making millions of dollars, despite what we are seeing. again, are we getting what we really need for our money? a harvard law school -- harvard law school put together the study, and they look back 2000 different corporations. they look at that pot of money that goes to the top five executives, and what they looked at is in comparison to the total, how much of that went to the ceo, so you are seeing on your screen 35% of that went on average to the ceo. the bigger that pace lies was, the worst the company actually
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performed -- the bigger that pay slice was. a couple of things about this study -- although it did look at 2000 different companies, you have to keep in mind a lot of things can happen. if you are a company that has exposed to hurricane season, bad weather can lead to bad performance, or a recession, some of your business partner is going out of business, so a lot of factors are tied in, but it is something we want to look back. it is interesting. if you and the other agencies like sports, alex rodriguez of the yankees, one of the highest- paid players, $33 million -- is his highest pay tied to some of the best performance that he had? you could make the argument that it is, so it may not work with every industry. also, i have not looked at what that means for tv journalist, either. jon: i do not see the government stepping in to regulate alex rodriquez's pay.
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jmarianne: the holiday rush to get back home is on for thousands of passengers despite branded security measures and a big snowstorm in the midwest. most whites took off on time. more on today's weather and what may be a major storm headed your way. >> just in time for new year's eve celebrations in the northeast. this is our holiday blizzard that we saw across the northern and central plains. this is moving across the great lakes region. the upper level low moving into canada, and we have a second level low moving offshore, and that is bringing this to new york. this winter in excess of closing in on the boston area. lake-effect snow is going to be quite bothersome over the next 12 to 24 hours. lake-effect snow warning in effect over a foot or more possible. temperature right now 29
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degrees. with the wind, though, it feels even cooler than that, and we are under hazardous weather alert for you in syracuse as well as some of the lake-effect snow bands. this is our next storms starting to get its act together. it is going to move into the southwest, and this is something we call the futurecast. this is what we see heading into thursday morning. look at the storm as it moves across the southwest as it starts to get its act together. a lot of gulf moisture. you can see the snow moving to chicago and the great lakes. this is and then we have to pay close attention to because as we get into thursday night, big new year's eve celebrations across the east coast, especially the ball dropping in times square. the timing of the storm could bring us an entry mix. we will have to wait and see. jon: hate those wintry mixes.
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>> that is an expression for meteorologists is to kind of cover our butts in case is no or brain, but do not tell anybody that -- in case it is snow or rain, but don't tell anybody that. jon: imagine getting a medical leave out on all of your vital organs right from the comfort of your home. just maybe a perk of your finger. scientists say what seems far- fetched today will be commonplace in the future. britain's in drugs, surgery, diagnosis, and treatment of coming to a doctor's office near you -- breakthroughs. a lot of this was motivated by a "news we" article by one of the guys who participated in decoding the human genome -- motivated by a "newsweek" article. is it science fiction or reality?
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>> it sounds like "star trek" but there is something to this. $90.10, they uncoated the genome. we have been mapped. -- in 2010, they uncoded the genome. we're not there yet. we are not there yet, but we are going to be there, and it is very exciting, and yes, they will be able to take a single drop of blood from a person's finger and tell them what their genetic map is. there will look at thousands of proteins. they will say there are several abnormal protein is here. this gives you this percentage chance. you could say to someone that they better start exercising now and lose weight, or the chances are 60%, and they will get diabetes. madison of the future.
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it is very exciting. jon: it is exciting, but the article said we will need doctors who know computer systems and really know the human body like never before. and what is happening now, will the doctor is be there to provide this service? >> not only will the doctors not be there, but the insurance we are devising, this new health reform system, which is one size fits all, i am very concerned that it will not cover technology like this, and i will tell you why -- what works for one person does not work for another. the genetic map of one person is very different than another. how am i going to tell an insurance company whether to cover that and not? treatments are getting very expensive. they are targeted, and they only work on 20% or 30%, but there were very well on that 20% or 30%. i think also that companies like this -- these companies are very
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mindful of the exciting futuristic technology that may not be covered under health reform. jon: and it raises the question -- are there going to be two tiers of service? people who have money and bought the very best health care are going to be able to pay doctors more privately in the future, right? >> that is going to be where we are headed in the future, but there is going to be a way so that it is hard to opt out of insurance, but in the article, they talked about 2018. we are already heading there. we are already heading in the direction of this kind of technology. per genomics has already been used for ovarian cancer, and some of our cancers are hard to diagnose, and we need this kind of elaborate, expensive technology. i am worried about it becoming extinct. and your point about the rich paying for it -- fine, but there's not enough rich out there to pay for the entire production of this kind of exciting new innovations.
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jon: thank you. marianne: after the break, the first mug shot of the suspect in the foiled a terror attack in detroit. plus, we have heard from lawmakers and pundits about health care reform, but what about those it will impact most? i live reports from the health- care fund next year plus, michigan and illinois now locked in legal battle all over a big ugly fish.
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rick: when we see you coming up in about 15 minutes or so, we will talk about what a tough time travelers are having now in light of the botched tayra attend on the northwest flight on christmas day. full dealing with a lot of new rules, a lot of regulations. will they be permanent, and will they actually keep us safer? jamie: and it is interesting to hear what the government is saying about how safe we are and where this plot may have started. the security expert tells us how good our intel is. marianne: this is a fox news alert, and we have just received a picture of a suspect in the attend the destruction of flight 253 in detroit. here is, take a look. this mug shot reportedly taken yesterday. he is in federal custody an already charged with trying to blow up that north west airlines
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flight from amsterdam to detroit. we will have more on this as we get it. marianne: 4 -- jon: fox news on the health care countdown. as a patient, are you happy with sweeping changes that could be coming? what do you think? does your family doctor think they could be good? we're looking at these changes and how they will affect americans living in the suburbs, so what is the reaction from doctors that you are talking to? >> we talked to doctors up and down the west coast in the suburbs of seattle and because. a lot of differing views. some are skeptical about how health-care reform would affect existing programs like medicare. they are concerned the quality might go down. other doctors say the fear about health care reform just is not based on fact. take a listen. >> i think the myth about single payer, people feel that somehow it is socialized medicine. it is not. it is just the government
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provides the payment mechanism, and physicians are private practitioners just like in canada. just like in plants and other places. >> reimbursement of medicare funding is going down, so that will affect the quality of those i care for. i cannot imagine why any senior patient would be in favor of this bill. it is only going to get worse. marianne: the senate bill that was just passed contain hundreds of new rules and regulations that affect health care providers and employers and patients. in addition to the goal of creating a cheaper but better health care. jon: and from the point of view of the patient -- what do they say? >> a lot of patience we talked to are concerned about the existing relationship they have with their doctor being affected or changed in some way, and some people, of course, are also skeptical about the government taking over things. listen to what one woman had to say. >> care put in the hands of the
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people who run the post office, the department of water and power, with medicare, which is already screwed up, and we want to mimic that? >> the house and senate still have a lot of work to do when it comes to coming together on certain issues like that public option and public funding for abortion. we know that a lot of negotiating is going to be going on over the next couple of weeks, even before congress reconvenes next year, and the president said he wants to sign something by january. jon: thank you. marianne: michigan suing its neighbor over a fish. michigan wants illinois to reverse the flow of the river to keep the carb from entering the great lakes. the river was reversed a century ago to prevent chicago from dumping sewage into the lakes, but modern technology cleared up that problem. jon: a terror attack apparently stopped in its tracks in the
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skies over detroit. the suspect claims he was trained by al qaeda in osama bin laden's ancestral home. is yemeni new breeding ground for terrorist targeting america? . . or annuity over 10 or even 20 years? call imperial structured settlements. the experts at imperial can convert your long-term payout into a lump sum of cash today. . .
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marianne: he is charged to try to blow up a u.s. debt -- u.s.- bound plane, and he said there are many more like him. umar farouk abdulmutallab says there are many people like him being trained. senator joe lieberman warning it could be the next terror from to. >> somebody in our government today said to me in the capital of yemen, iraq was yesterday's
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war, afghanistan is today. if we do not act preemptively, yemen will be tomorrow's war. marianne: and joining me now is former ambassador to saudi arabia robert jordan. top u.s. officials are saying the u.s. took measures years ago to gather intel and train that yemen military. does that not mean that we are already making it a priority? >> we are paying attention to get but it requires more. this is a potentially serious problem. yemen is a near-failed state. they have a corrupt ineffective government. they have one of the lowest literacy and income rates in the arab world. it is a very serious potential tinderbox for operatives in al
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qaeda. marianne: when saudi arabia was attacked in 2003, the government took a strong stand. is this something yemen should be doing right now, and based on what he said, are they able to take a stronger stand against al qaeda? >> certainly, i was working there in 2002, and they realized finally that al qaeda was a threat to them. i am afraid yemen does not have the capacity that the saudis had. the saudis were wealthy and were unwilling to workloads with us. yemen is not there yet. they have made dysfunctional government that does not have control of the capital or the borders. ultimately, the people need to gather together and say that we have had enough of this. we are going to start helping
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the intelligence services and police to route these people out. but we are a long way from there. it will take support from the saudis and other neighbors. >marianne: is the u.s. doing enough, where we stand, at this point? >> i know, for example, we had a missile strike that killed one of the leaders in yemen about one year ago. i think we are going to have to put more money and intelligence support in it, as well as gathering in support and intelligence of neighbors. we are going to have to make sure that they step up to the plate as well. marianne: thank you. jon: there have been new developments unfolding in the connection of that attempted
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christmas day bombing. the security system that is meant to protect us. we are also expecting to hear from president obama about that failed to ever attack.
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